Swap out kitchen cabinet doors for curtains – your wallet will thank you

Kitchen renovations require a budget for a long list of expensive things, but what consumes most of your money – a whopping 29 percent of your budget according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association – is the cabinets. It costs more than the countertops or the floors, or even installing all of those parts. If you’re thinking, “Do I really need to update my ’70s pantry,” stop it right there. There is an easy way to reduce costs: do without standard kitchen cabinet doors altogether. No, we’re not talking about open shelves. Hang up curtains instead – you could be using scraps of fabric from a failed craft project! – to hide all your nighttime snacks and cooking utensils as well as a piece of wood, but with 100 times more style. That’s how it’s done:

Fold it up

It’s the decorative equivalent of painting a mascara. With pinch folds, gray ground linen suddenly appears voluminous and composed. Getting a pole pocket sewn in is also not a bad idea.

Or use eyelets and rings

Do you know the ease of throwing your shower curtain back? You’ll want the same thing for accessing your plastic wrap.

You can only concentrate on the sink at a time

Hanging curtains over every kitchen drawer and door is a weekend project, we admit it. For the impatient, we recommend redeveloping a single point: the area under the sink filled with detergents and rusty pipes.

In a 200-year-old barn that she transported to the Rhode Island coast, designer Ellen Denisevich-Grickis created an eclectic kitchen with a strip of striped fabric under the farmhouse’s sink.

Photo: Richard Mandelkorn

Treat them like real curtains anyway

Don’t let their functionality blind you. Curtains are first and foremost accessories. So go wild and choose a fabric with a colorful geometric print – you can always swap it out for a different pattern in a few months.

Cute gingham fabric hides storage in this charming kitchen / dining area in a house on Isla Taboga, Panama.

Michael Calderwood

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